I hadn't taken Danielle on a hike before today. I thought she was too little, would get too tired and I certainly didn't think I could carry her back. But today I thought we'd give it a try. We have a state reserve right across from our house. It is our main view.
Danielle felt we should have snacks. After all we were going to be gone for at LEAST 45 minutes! She packed (with a little guidance) some beef jerky, nuts, water and of course Pirates Booty! (That was for her... I guess she needs the carbs).
View from atop the large rock on the hill where we stopped for our snack. We look out at this rock from our windows. Our house is in one of the rows near the main street you see. On a clearer day you would be able to see the ocean to the far left and wayyyyy in the distance.
Danielle carried the snacks in her little purse that Madeline handed down to her.
This is the view from the other side of the rock. The hills are so green and dotted with wild flowers and different colors. So nice after all the rains we had this year.
In some spots you can see the remains of the wild fires last year. These two photos are in the same spot but my hand/eye moved over a couple inches. Interesting how different they are with the change of focus from the flower to the burnt branch.
The paths are lovely this year and the wildflowers are so tall. Great for taking a little home with us!
I think she was having fun!
We found a big walking stick that Danielle wanted to take home and show daddy and Nicholas.
Fields and fields of these flowers about. Beautiful!
So not really about food today but the art of hiking and spending time with your children. Enjoying "our world". Danielle looked out at the view when we got to the top and said, "Oh look at our world out there! I see it."
A QUICK RANT!!!!!!!!!!!! Now I did not want this site to be a place where I complain or b**ch or put any ranting or negative thoughts. Food flops aside. But I just need to get this off of my chest. I am upset. I know it is probably silly to get worked up. But while out w/ her dad who felt he needed a hair cut,Danielle (who had her very FIRST haircut about 4 weeks ago--it grows very slowly) decided she wanted to do hers too. And he said OK!!!!!!!!!!!!! They must have taken 3 or 4 INCHES off!!!!! This is NO trim. It was FINALLY growing. FINALLY near her shoulders. It was soooooo pretty. Now it is so short. She is almost 4 and with her baby face, looks like she did just before she was 2!!!!!!! She looks like a baby. My husband says I am being childish and silly but her hair... It is a shame and for no good reason either. I know it is only hair that grows back and there are worse things. So many horrible things. But if it were for medical reasons or even an accident or something. LEARN to say NOOOOOO to your child now and then. He is an adult. There was no reason they should have done this. And we actually PAID for it?????? Commmmeee on!!!! He should understand how a woman would feel about her only daughter's hair!
Okay there! Maybe it is out now and we can move on and wait 2 years for it to grow back. Sorry if I sound immature and bring you all in on this. I won't do it again.